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by Mike (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, Care2 campaigner and... no thats it. The only thing that comes close to my love of Melbourne, is my love for coffee. My work in progress blog can be seen at: michaeltaylorw.wix.com/seriousnews
Published June 30th 2013
Adventure threw off my blankets and threw me out my own home
As conventional wisdom has it, adventure has to be looked for, it needs to be found. It does not simply fall into your lap, but is hidden in the most surprising of places, or even concealed in the most obvious of places. I was lucky enough to have it find me one day.

I did not have to watch Indiana Jones for inspiration, or play Tomb Raider for any ideas. It was not even the rare occasion of it falling in my lap; rather it was an even more rare occurrence of having it thrust upon me. Having it knock on my door early on a Sunday morning was the last way I would have expect it to happen. Had I known it was adventure was to come knocking I would have been ready and waiting in a pair of wellies, and carrying a picnic basket full of peanut butter sandwiches and ciders. But such is the nature of adventure that when she finds you, she never gives you any sort of notice, and neither does she ask for your permission.

I was ill prepared. I was asleep and oblivious to the incessant knocking, that eventually got my attention as it grew louder and more persistent. The noise pulled me out of my dreams and into a clouded reality. I stumbled towards where I remembered the door to be. I fumbled for the handle, and stood rubbing my eyes wondering what this grinning thing was standing in front of me.

"Hey, are you up?" It asked.

There has been no questioned ever asked, that could have been dumber. "No." I grunted and turned back towards my bed, hoping the answer was sufficient enough to put this set of teeth off.

My fortunes did not improve however, it followed me.

It waited until I sat down on my bed, and it stood tall in front of me. As the fog finally started clearing, and my eyes realised that I wanted to see whom the owner of these teeth were, did my brain yield and send the focus signal to them.

"Becky?" I scratched my head. "What do you want?"

"Road trip, let's go."

Becky was someone I considered a friend, until now. "Road trip, where?"

"No idea." She sighed, as if I was asking a stupid question. "We live in Melbourne, plenty of places to see." She pulled the pillow off that I had just placed over my face. "Lets just get in the car and go."

She must be drunk, or knocked her head. "Um, I am busy today, I have things to do." I yawned rather busily and lay down.

Becky was not easily put of by my daunting Sunday schedule, and she eventually succeeded in bundling me into her car. I was wide-awake by the time we crossed the West Gate Bridge.

We meandered up towards Geelong, I was picturing a bottle of wine, Lorne and a fireplace somewhere cosy. But Becky had other ideas. She took none of the usual roads, didn't bother following any of the poplar signs, but instead took every side street and basically just the opposite of where the normal folk would go.

Quite literally, the roads less travelled. I did not know it then, but there was method in her madness. She was looking for something new, something different. A place that was perhaps not on the forefront of everyone's fun map.

I didn't argue, partly because the scenery was beautiful, and partly because I was actually enjoying seeing a part of Victoria I had not seen before. But most of all, the best part was finding a little town that I never knew existed.

Now I have a little tradition: I have to have fish and chips on the beach every time I stop in a coastal town that I have not been to before. Be it breakfast, lunch or supper. It is always fish and chips, with an ice-cold cider. Ok the cider is optional, but it is slowly working its way into my little habit. This happened to be a brunch, and the fish and chips on the beach really hit the spot.

The Beach
Fish and chips with a view


I was well and truly in an exploratory mode by then, and couldn't wait to explore this little town more. We had really just stopped at the first fish and chips shop we saw. We found the quaintest coffee shops, quirky book stores, and a feeling that I have not had before: A happy go lucky and care free attitude that the stress of our daily circle of life seems to erode as we grow older.

We sang with the radio, we sang without it. We were exploring everything that we could and tried everything we could afford. In short, it was the best day I have had in a very long time.
I learnt a few things that day. Sometimes the best laid out plans never work, sometimes the less you plan the more you allow yourself to just relax and enjoy yourself. We were exhausted by the time we made it home, stopping for a coffee at our local we reminisced in front of a fire.

"Do it again next week?" She asked.

My smile said it first. "Of course, where to next?"

She looked at me with a hint pity in her eye. "Really?"

I got it then. "Just kidding.", I lied. Let's just drive."

She nodded her head in approval. "Now you getting it Mike."

She took a sip of her coffee. "Now you getting it."

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